Dylan Moses
Projected 2020 first round pick, Dylan Moses suffered a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Dylan Moses was a projected first round pick next year. Now he won’t even get a chance to play a game this season. The Alabama linebacker suffered a torn ACL during practice and will miss the entire 2019 college football season. It has to be a devastating blow.

Matt Zenitz of AL.com first reported the news:

Moses, a five-star recruit coming out of high school, was the consensus top linebacker in the 2020 NFL Draft. His stock certainly takes a tumble. I would assume that he will take a similar path to Myles Jack or Jaylon Smith. Both of them were first round talents that dropped to the 2nd round because of injuries. I would guess Moses probably drops to that range. It could be a bigger drop. Who knows?

Alabama will be short handed when they open the season against Duke. This is the second major linebacker injury of the season. Josh McMillan was already lost for the season in a scrimmage. Terrell Lewis is also being suspended for a half against Duke. Freshman Shane Lee looks like the early front runner to get run with the starters. Who knows if Lee is ready for that type of action but he’s going to get thrown into the fire.

Last season, Moses appeared in all 15 games for Alabama. He recorded 86 tackles, ten tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. This is a University that carves out middle linebackers for breakfast. Reuben Foster, Rolando McClain, CJ Mosley, Dont‘a Hightower, Rashaan Evans, Shaun Dion-Hamilton, Reggie Ragland, etc. I don’t know how they do it. Every year they have a monster middle linebacker. Now Alabama opens up their season without that player or another one will have to emerge. Losing Moses is a catastrophic loss.